The Big One is the 16th episode of Season 3 on WB drama Gilmore Girls.


Surprise, surprise! Rory and Paris finally hear from Harvard – with surprising results. Lorelai and Max meet again, with surprising consequences. And Sookie's taste buds misfire… for a surprising reason.


While nervously waiting for their college acceptance letters to arrive, Rory and Paris find themselves competing to give a speech at Chilton's bi-centennial, where Paris makes a startling admission. When Lorelai runs into her former fiance, Max Medina and they share a passionate kiss, she is left to wonder if ending the engagement was the right decision. Sookie's strange behavior has a surprising explanation.


  • Sookie's pregnant.
  • Paris doesn't get accepted to Harvard.
  • Rory gets a bundle of acceptance letters.
  • First appearance of Max since early Season 2.
  • Richard has Friday Night Dinner alone with the girls and later attends the Chilton bicentennial with Lorelai, to hear Rory's speech.






Rory – Guess I've got time to tie my shoes.
Lorelai – Yes, well, cobble yourself a new pair, Daniel Day-Lewis.
Lorelai – I had made little doodles with my name hidden in them on each one of the old menus, just like Hirschfeld.
Teacher – And we welcome back Brad, who's fresh from Broadway after a successful year's run of Into the Woods!
Paris – Sit down, Mary Martin.
BradNathan Lane is a very bitter man.
Madeline – Unless he was in Les Mis.
Louise – Yeah. Or Cats.
Paris – I'm thrilled to hear it, Chita Rivera.
Paris – I'm only saying it won't be a totally satisfying victory just beating Jerome Robbins and the rest of the losers here. I'd really like to take you down also.
Sookie – "You haven't lived until you've eaten their food," says Ruth Reichl.
Lorelai – She’ll be on C-SPAN if she does.
Lorelai – It’s like watching the Men’s Wearhouse security camera.
Paris – Well, look who's suddenly decided to become Kofi Annan.
Paris – Even if I was the Billy Carter of the family, the name is still supposed to carry some weight.
Max – I must say, I've been a teacher for 10 years now, and it wasn't until today I realized it must be really hard to be a girl.
Lorelai – And with the invention of Sephora, really expensive, too.
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